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  1. 1. Ido Dagan - Curriculum Vitae Personal Data Date of birth: September 7, 1960 Place of birth: Israel Military service: 1978-1983 Address: 26a Shivtei Israel St., Ramat Hasharon 47267, Israel. Home phone: +972-(0)3-5472410 Cell phone: +972-(0)54-395336 Email: dagan@cs.biu.ac.il Education 1992: Ph.D. Computer Science, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Thesis topic: Multilingual statistical methods for natural language disambiguation. Supervisor: Prof. Alon Itai. 1986: B.Sc. Computer Science, Summa Cum Laude, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. On the Technion President’s List of Excellence 1984,1985,1986. Employment 2002 – present: Vice President of Technology, LingoMotors (continued employment after FocusEngine acquisition). 1998 - 2001: Founder, Chief Technology Officer and Director, FocusEngine (until acquired by LingoMotors). Comment: During my industrial employment I continued my academic activity with Bar Ilan at lower profile, mostly supervising graduate students and publishing papers with them, while conducting some international activity (details below). 1996 - 1998: Visiting Lecturer, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, Bar Ilan University. 1994 - 1996: Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, Bar Ilan University. 1992 - 1994: Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Research Division. 1990 - 1991: Research Fellow, IBM Israel Scientific Center, Haifa. 1984 - 1986: CAD Software Engineer, INTEL Israel Ltd. 1978 - 1983: Israel Defense Forces. Software development and system analysis. Teaching Experience Teaching courses and seminars at Bar Ilan University: Algorithms 1, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Empirical Methods for NLP, Information Retrieval. 1
  2. 2. Research Interests Natural Language Processing (NLP): • Empirical Natural Language Processing • Machine learning methods for NLP • Robust corpus-based semantic-level processing • Applications for textual information access and extraction (such as information extraction, question answering, text categorization), and multi-lingual applications Publications Journal Articles 1. Dagan, Ido, Martin C. Golumbic and Ron Y. Pinter. Trapezoid graphs and their coloring, Discrete Applied Mathematics, 1988, Vol. 21, pp. 35-46. 2. Dagan, Ido and Alon Itai. Set expression based inheritance system, Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence, 1991, Vol. 4(3-4), pp. 269-280. 3. Dagan, Ido and Alon Itai. Word sense disambiguation using a second language monolingual corpus, Computational Linguistics, 1994, Vol. 20(4), pp. 563-596. 4. Dagan, Ido, John Justeson, Shalom Lappin, Herbert Leass and Amnon Ribak. Syntax and lexical statistics in anaphora resolution, Applied Artificial Intelligence, 1995, Vol. 9, pp. 633-644. 5. Dagan, Ido, Shaul Marcus and Shaul Markovitch. Contextual word similarity and estimation from sparse data, Computer, Speech and Language, 1995, Vol. 9, pp. 123-152. 6. Dagan, Ido and Kenneth Church. Termight: Coordinating man and machine in bilingual terminology acquisition, Machine Translation, 1997, Vol. 12(1-2), pp. 89-107. 7. Feldman, Ronen, Ido Dagan and Haym Hirsh. Mining text using keyword distributions, Journal of Intelligent Information Systems, 1998, Vol. 10(3), pp. 281-300. 8. Dagan, Ido, Lillian Lee and Fernando Pereira. Similarity-based models of cooccurrence probabilities, Machine Learning, 1999, Vol. 34(1-3) special issue on Natural Language Learning, pp. 43-69. 9. Argamon, Shlomo, Ido Dagan and Yuval Krymolowski. A memory based approach to learning shallow natural language patterns, Journal of Experimental and Theoretical AI (JETAI), 1999, Vol. 11, pp. 369-390. 10.Argamon-Engleson, Shlomo and Ido Dagan. Committee-Based Sample Selection for Probabilistic Classifiers, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR), 1999, Vol. 11, pp. 335-360. 2
  3. 3. 11.Marx, Zvika and Ido Dagan. Conceptual mapping through keyword coupled clustering. Mind and Society: a Special Issue on Commonsense and Scientific Reasoning, 2002, forthcoming (27 pages). 12.Marx, Zvika, Ido Dagan, Joachim M. Buhmann and Eli Shamir. Coupled clustering: a method for detecting structural correspondence, Journal of Machine Learning Research, 2002, forthcoming (29 pages). Refereed Articles in Books Comment: Four of the articles below (Nos. 1,2,4,5) appear in refereed article collections dedicated to original research results in specific areas, which were published as books (similar to journal special issues). The fifth article (No. 3) is a refereed invited chapter in the Handbook of Natural Language Processing. 1. Engelson, Sean and Ido Dagan. Sample selection in natural language learning, in S. Wermter, E. Riloff and G. Scheler (Eds.), Connectionist, Statistical and Symbolic Approaches to Learning for Natural Language Processing, Springer, 1996, pp. 230-245. 2. Dagan, Ido, Kenneth Church and William Gale. Robust bilingual word alignment for machine aided translation, in S. Armstrong, K. Church, P. Isabelle, S. Manzi, E. Tzoukermann and D. Yarowsky (Eds.), Natural Language Processing Using Very Large Corpora, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999, pp. 209-224. 3. Dagan, Ido. Contextual Word Similarity, in Rob Dale, Hermann Moisl and Harold Somers (Eds.), Handbook of Natural Language Processing, Marcel Dekker Inc, 2000, Chapter 19, pp. 459-476. 4. Choueka, Yaacov, Ehud S. Conley and Ido Dagan. A comprehensive bilingual word alignment system: application to disparate languages - Hebrew and English, in J. Veronis (Ed.), Parallel Text Processing, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000, pp. 69– 96. 5. Dagan, Ido and Yuval Krymolowski. Compositional memory-based partial parsing, in R. Bod, R. Scha and K. Sima'an (Eds.), Data-Oriented Parsing, CSLI Publications, 2002, forthcoming (20 pages). Papers at Refereed Conferences and Workshops 1. Dagan, Ido and Alon Itai. Automatic Acquisition of Constraints for the Resolution of Anaphora References and Syntactic Ambiguities, in Proceedings of COLING, 1990, pp. 330-332. 2. Dagan, Ido and Alon Itai. A Statistical Filter for Resolving Pronoun References, in Y. A. Feldman and A. Bruckstein (Eds.), Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision, Elsevier Science Publishers B.V., 1991, pp. 125-135 (Proceedings of the 7th Israeli Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision, 1990). 3. Dagan, Ido, Alon Itai and Ulrike Schwall. Two languages are more informative than one, in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 1991, pp. 130-137. 3
  4. 4. (Extended version appears in journal article 3) 4. Dagan, Ido. Lexical disambiguation: Information sources and their statistical realization, in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) (Student Session), 1991, pp. 341-342. 5. Rackow, Ulrike, Ido Dagan and Ulrike Schwall. Automatic translation of noun compounds, in Proceedings of COLING, 1992, pp. 1249-1253. 6. Dagan, Ido, Shaul Marcus and Shaul Markovitch. Contextual word similarity and estimation from sparse data, in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 1993, pp. 164-171. (Extended version appears in journal article 5) 7. Dagan, Ido, Kenneth Church and William Gale. Robust bilingual word alignment for machine aided translation, in Proceedings of the Workshop on Very Large Corpora (WVLC), 1993, pp. 1-8. (Extended version appears in book article 2) 8. Dagan, Ido, John Justeson, Shalom Lappin Herbert Leass and Amnon Ribak. Syntax and lexical statistics in anaphora resolution, Bar-Ilan Symposium on Foundations of AI, 1993. (Extended version included in journal article 4) 9. Dagan, Ido, Fernando Pereira and Lillian Lee. Similarity-based estimation of word cooccurrence probabilities, in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 1994, pp. 272-278. (Extended version included in journal article 8) 10.Dagan, Ido and Kenneth Church. Termight: Identifying and translating technical terminology, in Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Applied Natural Language Processing (ANLP), 1994, pp. 34-40. (Extended version appears in journal article 6) 11.Dagan, Ido and Sean Engelson. Committee-based sampling for training probabilistic classifiers, in Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), 1995. (Extended version included in journal article 10) 12.Dagan, Ido and Sean Engelson. Selective sampling in natural language learning, in Proceedings of the IJCAI Workshop on New Approaches to Learning for Natural Language Processing, 1995, pp. 41-48. (Extended version appears in book article 1) 13.Feldman, Ronen and Ido Dagan. KDT - Knowledge Discovery in Texts, in Proceedings of the First International Conference on Knowledge Discovery (KDD), 1995, pp. 112-117. (Extended version included in journal article 7) 14.Feldman, Ronen and Ido Dagan. Knowledge Discovery in Textual Databases, in Proceedings of the ECML Workshop in Knowledge Discovery, 1995. 15.Engelson, Sean and Ido Dagan. Minimizing Manual Annotation Cost in Supervised Training from Corpora, in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for 4
  5. 5. Computational Linguistics (ACL), 1996, pp. 319-326. (Extended version included in journal article 10) 16.Dagan, Ido, Ronen Feldman and Haym Hirsh. Keyword-Based Browsing and Analysis of Large Document Sets, in Proceedings of The Fifth Annual Symposium on Document Analysis and Information Retrieval (SDAIR), 1996, pp. 191-208. (Extended version included in journal article 7) 17.Feldman, Ronen, Ido Dagan and Willi Kloesgen. Efficient algorithms for mining and manipulating associations in texts, in Proceedings of the Thirteenth European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR), 1996. 18.Dagan, Ido, Lillian Lee and Fernando Pereira. Similarity-based methods for word sense disambiguation, in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 1997, pp 56-63. (Extended version included in journal article 8) 19.Dagan, Ido, Yael Karov and Dan Roth. Mistake-driven learning in text categorization, in Proceedings of Second Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP-2), 1997. 20.Yamazaki, Takefumi and Ido Dagan. Mistake-driven learning with thesaurus for text categorization, in Proceedings of the Natural Language Pacific Rim Symposium (NLPRS-97), 1997. 21.Argamon, Shlomo, Ido Dagan and Yuval Krymolowsky. Memory-based learning of shallow natural language patterns, in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 1998. (Extended version appears in journal article 9) 22.Marx, Zvi, Ido Dagan and Eli Shamir. Detecting Sub-Topic Correspondence through Bipartite Term Clustering, in Proceedings of the ACL-1999 Workshop on Unsupervised Learning in Natural Language Processing, 1999, pp. 45-51. (Extended version included in journal article 11) 23.Krymolowski, Yuval and Ido Dagan. Compositional Memory-Based Partial Parsing, in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 2000, pp. 45-52. (Extended version appears in book article 5) 24.Marx, Zvika, Ido Dagan, Joachim M. Buhmann. Coupled Clustering: a method for detecting structural correspondence, in Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), 2001, pp.353–360. (Extended version appears in journal article 12) 25.Marx, Zvika, Ido Dagan and Eli Shamir. Cross-component clustering for template induction, in Proceedings of the ICML Workshop on Text Learning (TextML), 2002, pp. 66-75. 26.Dagan, Ido, Zvika Marx and Eli Shamir. Cross-dataset clustering: revealing corresponding Themes Across Multiple Corpora, in Proceedings of the Sixth Conference on Natural Language Learning (CoNLL), 2002, pp. 15-21. 5
  6. 6. Patents 1. Glossary construction tool, with co-inventor Kenneth Church, at AT&T. U.S. Patent No. 5,850,561, filed September 23, 1994, issued December 15, 1998. Co-inventor of the following three patent applications at FocusEngine, in the areas of text categorization and its combination with other information access methods: 2. U.S. Patent Application No. 09/512,252, filed February 24, 2000 3. U.S. Patent Application No. 09/690,307, filed October 17, 2000 4. U.S. Patent Application No. 60/275,839, filed March 14,2001 International Professional Activities Journal Editorial Boards 1. Editorial Board of the Computational Linguistics (CL) journal, 1995 – 1997. 2. Editorial Board of the Machine Translation (MT) journal, 1999 – present. Program Chairing • Program co-chair of the Fourth ACL SIGDAT International Workshop on Very Large Corpora (WVLC-4), Copenhagen, 1996. International Conference Program Committees 1. ANLP 1994, ACL Conference on Applied Natural Language Processing. 2. ACL 1995, Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. 3. BISFAI 1995, Fourth Bar-Ilan Symposium on Foundations of Artificial Intelligence. 4. TMI 1997, International Conference on Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Machine Translation. 5. WVLC 1997, Fifth ACL SIGDAT International Workshop on Very Large Corpora. 6. BISFAI 1997, Fifth Bar-Ilan Symposium on Foundations of Artificial Intelligence. 7. AAAI 1998, The Fifteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (NLP track). 8. COLING/ACL 1998, Joint conference for COLING and the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. 9. COLING/ACL 1998 Student Session. 10. Computerm 1998, International Workshop on Computational Terminology. 11.ANLP 1999, ACL Conference on Applied Natural Language Processing. 12. ACL 2000, Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. 13.ANLP 2000, ACL Conference on Applied Natural Language Processing. 14. NAACL 2000, North-American Chapter of the ACL. 15. ACL 2001, Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. 16. NAACL 2001, North-American Chapter of the ACL. 17. ACL 2002, Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. 18. EMNLP 2002, Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing. 19. COLING 2002. 20. Computerm 2002, International Workshop on Computational Terminology. 21. ACL 2003, Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Area: Machine Learning for Natural Language). 6
  7. 7. Reviewing • Reviewing empirical NLP article submissions for the following journals: a. Computational Linguistics b. Machine Translation c. Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research d. Machine Learning e. Natural Language Engineering f. Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence g. Information Processing and Management. • Reviewing research grant proposals in the NLP area for: a. Israel Science Foundation (ISF) b. US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) c. German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF) d. Israel Ministry of Science. Invited Summer School Courses 1. Statistical Methods for Natural Language Processing. ESSLLI – European Summer School on Language, Logic and Information, Lisbon, Portugal, 1993. 2. Statistical Machine Translation. ELSNET European Summer School on Language and Speech Communication: Corpus- Based Methods, Utrecht, Holland, 1994. 3. Multilingual Corpus Processing. ELSNET European Summer School on Language and Speech Communication: Multilinguality in Speech and Language Processing, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1995. 4. Lexical Statistical Methods for Natural Language Processing. ESSLLI – European Summer School on Language, Logic and Information, Saarbrucken, Germany, 1998. 5. Text Mining. ELSNET European Summer School on Language and Speech Communication: Text and Speech Triggered Information Access, Xios, Greece, 2000 Invited Talks and Panels 1. Panelist at the meeting of the European Expert Advisory Group on Language Engineering Standards (EAGLES), Madrid, 1997. Topic: Bilingual alignment and lexicon acquisition. 2. Invited talk at the SPARKLE (Shallow PARsing and Knowledge Extraction for Language Engineering) European project review, Pisa, 1998. Topic: Automatic thesaurus construction. 3. Invited talk at the Bolzano (Italy) Workshop on Corpus-based Terminology, 1998. Topic: Automated corpus-based acquisition of bilingual terminology. 4. Invited talk at TALN, Annual Meeting of the French Natural Language Processing Association, 1999. Topic: Vector models in language processing. 7
  8. 8. 5. Invited talk at the TELRI European Seminar (Trans-European Language Resources Infrastructure), 1999. Topic: Automatic acquisition of multi-lingual resources. Conference Tutorials 1. Bilingual Word Alignment and Lexicon Construction. At the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 1996. 2. Bilingual Word Alignment and Lexicon Construction. At the International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING), 1996. 3. Lexical Statistical Methods for Natural Language Processing. At the joint COLING-ACL conference, 1998. EACL Advisory Board • Advisory Board of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL), 2003-2004. Advising the EACL president and other officers on various issues, such as events, projects and academia-industry collaboration. Research Grants 1. Ido Dagan and Alon Itai. Statistical Methods for Disambiguation in Natural Languages. Grant number 120-741 of the Israel Council for Research and Development, 1988-1992. 2. Ido Dagan, Yaacov Choueka and Sean Engleson. Alignment of parallel bilingual texts: Handling disparate languages and rich morphology and applying local syntactic constraints. Grant number 488/95-1 of the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), 1995-1998. 3. Yaacov Choueka, Ido Dagan, Tomi Klein, Ariel Frank and Michael Elhadad. Taming the information highway: Infrastructures and prototypes for intelligent textual information handling, with special attention to Hebrew. Grant of the Israeli Ministry of Science and the Arts for Scientific and Technological Infrastructure, 1995-1998. 4. Ronen Feldman, Ido Dagan, Willy Kloewsgen and Stefan Wrobel. Generic environment and high-level language for knowledge discovery in texts. Grant of the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF), 1996-1999. 5. Ido Dagan, Ronen Feldman, Beatrice Daille, Yves Kodratof. Term level text mining: representations and algorithms. Grant of AFIRST – French-Israeli Scientific Cooperation, 1996-1998. 6. Ido Dagan. Similarity and analogy in structured textual information processing. Grant of the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), 1998-2001. 8
  9. 9. Supervising Graduate Students M.Sc. Thesis 1.Shlomit Hazan (with Dr. Ronen Feldman): Discovery and clustering of association rules in large data bases. 1997. 2.Erez Lotan: Automatic construction of a statistical thesaurus. 1998. 3.Alex Avramovitch: An Internet Crawler for automatic corpus and thesaurus construction. 1998. 4.Shelly Katz (with Dr. Ariel Frank): Intelligent information filtering within information harvesting in the Internet. 1998. 5.Roman Mitnitsky: A personal search agent for Internet users. 1998. 6.Michal Finkelstein-Landau: Term-based summarization and knowledge discovery in texts. 1999. 7.Marina Risher: Automatic query generation. 2001. 8.Ehud Conley: Seq_align: A parsing-independent bilingual sequence alignment algorithm. 2002. 9.Odelia Dayan: Automatic classification of text entities by machine learning methods. (Thesis submission expected at early 2003) Ph.D. Thesis 10.Zvika Marx (with Prof. Eli Shamir): Structure Based Computational Aspects of Similarity and Analogy in Natural Language. (Towards completion – thesis submission expected at end of 2002) 11.Yuval Krymolowski (with Prof. Amihood Amir): Partial Parsing using Memory-Based Sequence Learning. (Towards completion – thesis submission expected at early 2003) 12.Oren Glickman (with Prof. Moshe Koppel): Generic Shallow Semantic Inference based on Automatic Knowledge Acquisition. (Ph.D. research proposal approved in 2002) 13.Maayan Gefet (with Dr. Dror Feitelson): Automatic construction of ontology from text. (Ph.D. research proposal to be submitted by end of 2002) 9

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